Nearly a year ago I returned home to Puerto Rico to gather with my extended family. It had been nearly 50 years since I lived and went to school there. We had a gathering of about 25 and ate lavishly ... a simple meal -- a large pot of rice with pork and two chickens to share among us. Not a baby cried for long, no arguments, lots of joy and laughter, sharing and music... a true celebration amongst a grateful family who had very little but who reflected what a true family is all about.
The island then an oasis of blue seas and of palm trees. Now imagine a year later an island that looks like a war zone with uprooted trees and black water as a result of Hurricane Maria.
Now imagine life under martial law, limited access to funds as banks will only allow $100 withdrawals, boiling contaminated water to bathe in and drink, 8-9 hour long lines to get fuel, limited or no cell service, no electricity, 2 million chickens dead resulting in limited access to eggs, food rationing, most roads in disrepair, and only limited access to clean water, the list of the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria goes on and on. Months, if not years, of recovery is expected to cost billions.
Check out "Feature Story Aid To Puerto Rico" with Yuko Kodama on KBCS FM (7:55 AM) where I share more about my family's plight in Guayama, Puerto Rico and how you can help!
The interview starts at 7:55 am on Morning Blend Hosted by: Judith Lindsay
Thank you Yuko Kodama for the interview and Terri Akkrish for your support in getting the interview.
Check out Queen Anne News story at: https://www.transformationtalkradio.com/guest/bettina-carey,1189.html
Thank you Staff Reporter, Joe Veyera!
This GoFundMe account has been established because my family, like many rural families on the island of Puerto Rico, will not see support or help for weeks or months because the infrastructure has collapsed.
This fund will help to support their needs including their need for :
- bottled water
- solar laterns
- canned goods
- flash lights & batteries
- diapers, baby food & baby wipes
- toothpaste & toothbrushes
- hygienic products
Join us in helping those in need who are on the fringes and who may not ever get help if we don't help them now!
You may also donate items above at drop off sites at all four B & E Meats and Seafood locations:
Des Moines Location:
22501 Marine View Dr. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-6:30, Sat 8-6, Sunday 9-5
15003 Ambaum Blvd. S.W.
Burien, WA 98166
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5
13024 Newcastle Way
Newcastle, WA 98059
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6:30, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 9-5
Seattle - Queen Anne Location:
2401 Queen Anne ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-7, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 9-5
Last but not least, we also invite you join B & E Meats and Seafood "Help Hurricane Maria Survivors Now" event on Nov 4, 2017 10am - 6pm at their Queen Anne location, where they will be serving up Cuban pork, carne asade and salmon candy, as well as collecting items to send back to Puerto Rico.
McCarthy and Schiering Wine Merchants on Queen Anne, right next door to B & E, will also be hosting a free wine tasting from 11AM-5PM.
The Queen Anne Shop
2401 B Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109